Toronto General Hospital


Client: University Health Network

With: HOK

Completion: 2010

Project Delivery: Design Bid Build

One of Canada's oldest hospitals, Toronto General Hospital was established during the War of 1812 to care for wounded soldiers. Today it treats more than 26,000 patients each year with the latest in expertise and supporting facilities. Quinn Design Associates designed two interior courtyards for the innovative Support Services Building, as well as distinctive landscape spaces along University Avenue.

Designed to be sensitive to the unique needs of people in a hospital setting, the indoor courtyards provide interior patient rooms with a view to a garden-like setting with natural sunlight. The courtyards also offer areas for both social interaction and contemplative reflection.

Quinn’s design for the exterior entrance area and streetscape provides an engaging landscape with a bold and colourful presence. A curved path winds through alternating bands of lawn and plantings of perennials and ornamental grasses, giving pedestrians an alternative to the city sidewalk. The overall effect is both modern and lush, providing an uplifting environment for the hospital community.

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